The United States Mint will begin selling 2009 District of Columbia and U.S. Territories Quarters Proof Sets for $14.95 each on Monday, January 5, at noon (ET).
The set includes the six proof 2009 quarters with reverse designs honoring the District of Columbia (D.C.), the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, Guam, American Samoa, the U.S. Virgin Islands and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands.
Demand for this annual set is typically strong. According to the latest sales figures, the US Mint sold 672,004 of the 2008-dated version. Current eBay auctions have prices listed that are nearly double that of what the Mint charged.
The new set replaces last year’s 50 State Quarters Proof Set, which included five quarters for the price of $13.95. Similar to the 2008 state quarters, standard circulating versions of each are to be released in equal intervals throughout 2009. Additionally, the Mint will release forthcoming collector products to include silver versions of the quarters, an uncirculated set, and another proof set with all 2009 circulating coins.
How proof coins are different from circulating coins
The coins in each set are proof. The mint describes proof as,
” … a manufacturing process in which specially-treated coin blanks are struck multiple times using specially-polished dies. Proof coins-unlike coins produced for general circulation-are extraordinarily brilliant, with sharp relief and a mirror-like background. A frosted, sculpted foreground gives these coins a special cameo effect.”
The 2009 Quarters Proof Sets also bear the "S" mint mark, denoting they were produced at the San Francisco Mint facility. Every day circulation quarters are produced in either the Denver or Philadelphia Mint facility.
2009 Quarters Proof Set price and order information
The price for each set is $14.95, plus $4.95 for shipping and handling. When available, the 2009 quarter collection may be ordered online through the Mint page:
The Mint accepts telephone orders via their toll-free number, 1-800-USA-MINT (872-6468). Hearing- and speech-impaired customers may order by calling 1-888-321-MINT (6468).
Original Mint artist renderings and descriptions for each quarter may be found at 2009 Quarter Design Images. Additional quarter program information is provided by US Mint at 2009 District of Columbia and U.S. Territories Quarters Program.